When I came into the office, the news hit me about three people in the public entertainment eye who have made decisions that the current phases of their careers will change. I’ll offer thoughts on all three here.
Watching an Olympic games on NBC will not be the same for me. As a sports fan, it was always a comfort to me when you tuned to the Games in prime time and saw Costas in the anchor chair. He has announced that the most recent Rio Olympics was his last as lead anchor. Former ESPN anchor Mike Tirico will take over. Costas says he’s “transitioning” his career. The Associated Press couched Costas’ next chapter thusly:
Costas, 64, said he’s not retiring from the business, but entering the “Tom Brokaw phase” of his career. Brokaw, the former NBC “Nightly News” anchor, is a commentator at big news events and makes documentaries.
Tirico will be fine…but it won’t be the same.
What can you say about “The Queen of Soul” that hasn’t been said already? She’s earned every bit of R-E-S-P-E-C-T throughout her career. Now she says this year will be her swan song. Detroit TV station WDIV reported it first and offered this detail that the AP relayed:
The singer says she will make one more album, with several tracks produced by Stevie Wonder, and will otherwise limit herself to “some select things, many one a month, for six months out of the year” as she devotes more time to her grandchildren. She also says 2017 will be her “last year in concert.”
“”This will be my last year,” Franklin said. “I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.”
My only question is…who will be heir to the queen’s throne.
As a jazz fan…this hits me the most. I have always been a fan of Al Jarreau — from the traditional jazz to the pop crossovers. Even his theme from Moonlighting carried a lot of his jazzy style. But I was saddened to read this statement on his website on why he is stepping away:
“Al Jarreau is in the hospital in Los Angeles, due to exhaustion. He is receiving excellent medical care, responding to treatments, and improving slowly. The medical team has instructed that he cannot perform any of his remaining 2017 concert dates. Therefore, with complete sorrow, Al Jarreau must retire from touring. He is thankful for his 50 years of traveling the world in ministry through music, and for everyone who shared this with him – his faithful audience, the dedicated musicians, and so many others who supported his effort.”
The best thing I can do is leave you with a sample his music mastery. Below..a duet with Kurt Elling on a scat-filled version of Dave Brubeck’s classic Take 5.
Godspeed and good health Al.